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The New BMW M5 Is Here  
User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3256 times:

What a beast!






Facts:
5.0l V10 Engine
507 HP
520NM
8250rpm redline
7-Gear SMG gearbox

Performance: (with 1 passenger, full tank load and 50kg of baggage)
0-100 km/h: 4,7 s
0-200 km/h: 15,0 s
Top Speed (electronically limited): 250 km/h
Top Speed (without limiter): 330 km/h

Nordschleife Laptime: 8:00 minutes

Very cool feature (quoting from the press release):

Assisting further with performance the BMW M5 also comes with an MDrive button on the steering wheel, offering a one-touch function that changes the settings on the car to an enhanced sporting character. This set-up is formatted via iDrive with the owner choosing the preferred SMG, Electronic Damper Control and DSC modes and, if specified, the rate of support the Active Seat Control side bolsters offer. Once programmed, the driver just presses the MDrive button on the steering wheel to transform the character of the M5.

The function of the standard fit Head-up Display is also altered when the MDrive button is activated. The default setting sees speed, navigation instructions, check control messages and cruise control settings projected onto the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. However, if MDrive is activated the display changes to a rev counter including vehicle speed that both flash at the driver when the next gear needs to be selected.

The king is back!

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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3232 times:

Well I've had one for months now, including the sports pack and even leather seats!

Signed,
Flight152


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

Yeah right...delivery in Texas is about 10 months away. They send you a post car about every month--frightful, no doubt, you'll succumb to a E55

I can't wait.

When your reservation position becomes available, they give your the option of purchasing or passing on the car if it meets your color/option criteria (you had to submit three choices).

A salesguy told me something fairly interesting: The first 4 in Houston have been purchased by MB to be sold as used cars (at about a $10K mark up). The first three months allotment will likely be most expensive---figuring those are the jerks (myself included) that will pony up the dough for the latest and greatest.

Bad news: The option list is fairly plump...meaning they will be expensive. In a related post there was actually a E55 here at Greenway MB that topped $100K!! Hopefully, the BMW will be $15K or more less (gulp).

The front grill does not look right. It's a lot different in the Automobile pics.


User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3179 times:

Is that the KIA interior?

User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3369 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3161 times:

Greg..will they offer a 6-speed manual or only SMG?

User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

At least it's not a GM, they are the worst vehicles ever made.

Signed,


Flight152


User currently offlineDahawaiian From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

Sorry, but the E39 M5 looks much better. Too bad Bangle got to this one, although I am sure it drives like a dream. I'd rather have the upcoming 600hp Cadillac CTS Super V which will be priced somewhere around $65k USD.

User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Well, some of you know I don't like the direction BMW has taken recently, including the new 5-Series. I find the styling a bit lacking, especially the interior. It also has cheaper plastics inside, with a less driver-focussed design compared to the previous 5-Series. But the M5 is very very nice! I think the styling works quite well, especially on the outside. I do not however, like the fact that they wont offer a traditional manual transmission.

Some more pics ...





Ignore the "WTF" in this one, it's taken from another forum where a user posted that comment ...



And I thought I'd throw in a shot of the current M5's interior. MMMMM






"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3142 times:

Nuno,

What's with the loaf of bread at the front of the seats ??

Looks uncomfortable to me.

Other than that, if I had the bucks, I would be a buyer for sure !!

Andreas  Big thumbs up



I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

LOL, Andy, I'm assuming you're talking about the seat bottoms, and how they have that extension? Trust me, it's a fantastic thing about BMW sport seats, which are easily my favourite car seats from those that I've tried. It basically makes the seat base adjustable for those with long legs, and provides excellent support. I wish more cars had that.


"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

Ah, so that's what those thingies are? Well, if you say it is a great thing, then I will believe you.  Smile

Leave it to those Germans and their brilliant thinking.

Next question. Does it have a cup holder, and how "cool" do you think it would look with two baby seats in the back?

Come to think of it, if I ever did have this car, I wouldn't even let my wife sit in it.....Unless she made me. Can you say "Whipped". LOL

Andreas  Big thumbs up



I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

YooYoo

Imagine driving an M5 at "lovely" speeds and holding a cup of coffee in your hand!The cup holders are located right where the motorola phone appears in the picture,you're a click away from having your cup hold Big grin

MEA310



M5 Fastest Sedan On Earth
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

::drools::  Smile


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

I really dislike SMG. It gives me no inspiration what so ever. Easier? Yes. Faster? Yes. More fun? No. Gimme a 6 Speed any day of the week.

Greg,
Congrats on being able to afford a car like that! How do you feel about the SMG?

-174th


User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2930 times:

Well... I like the fact it doesn't have a wood-trim interior. I can't afford a Kia, but, I'd not spend money on this exterior design if I could afford it. What's that fellow's name - Chris Bangedup? How fitting.

User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2920 times:

I led the engine design team on the new M5.

Signed,

Flight152


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2914 times:

Well my company car allowance won't stretch to a M5  Sad but I could get an M3. What do people think of the M3 - is it still worth getting or would a similarly priced Japanese sports car be better (I used to own a R34 Skyline but sold it last year - cool car though if a little impractical in London).


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2907 times:

I would go with the M3. The 2003 M3 E46 w/ S54 3.2 Liter DOHC 6 cylinder produces 333 BHP and does 0-60 in 4.8 seconds which will take out most other cars on the road. They also have the option of the Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) lets you shift from the shifter on the center console or shift w/ paddles behind the steering wheel like an F1 car. As far as styling I dont think you can beat an M3, The smoothness and sleekness really makes the car.

Good Luck!

-Delta767300ER



User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

I personally like the styling on the M5 concept better... looked more menacing. Though I got to admit that the softened looks on the production M5 are pretty nice. Certainly a major step up from the admittedly bland looking 5 series sedans.

Oh... and a F1-derived engine in a car under $100k. Those clever Germans, too bad they can't win an F1 race.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7929 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

One thing I hope BMW did with the new M5 was fix the slow gear-shifting response problems that plagued earlier implementations of SMG. I think BMW went only with SMG on the new M5 due to the need to simplify passing emissions regulations, since you only need to certify one transmission design for the car for all world markets. Also, because SMG can operate in automatic mode, it also means more drivers can enjoy the car.

I wonder how long before Alpina modifies a M5 so it has no 250 km/h limiter. 330 km/h top speed is enough to outrun everything on the road except a few extremely expensive exotic sports cars.  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

RayChuang,

ask M and they will remove it for you. So do AMG & Quattro GmbH for their cars. AMG started doing it and now they all do it.


User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2852 times:

What a gorgeous piece of machinery!

Thank goodness that cooler heads at BMW prevailed in the styling dept. and that it HAS NOT got a trunk like the 7. I'm no fan of that style.

I got to drive one of the last generation 5's, last year for that BMW "Drive for the Cure" events that allow you to drive one for charity. It was a 5 wagon, and maaaaan, was that a powerfull beast.



If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3369 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

I led the engine design team on the new M5.

Signed,

Flight152


Was that an attempt at humor?


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8616 posts, RR: 43
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2831 times:

"Was that an attempt at humor?"

It was not only an attempt... Big grin

[Edited 2004-07-07 20:24:23]


Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

Their is a couple other posts signed by Flight 152. Actually it was just like something you would post.

-Delta767300ER


25 Flight152 : Actually it was just like something you would post. I have never claimed or even claimed to wanted to work on any design team. Why was your post funny
26 Captoveur : ummmm.. I laughed my ass off at it... I guess you have to look at it from our side of things.
27 Delta767300ER : Flight One Fiddy 2, I know you never claimed you worked on any design team but you talk a lot of smack on here so I thought I would sign a post by you
28 Flight152 : Also if you havent noticed a couple others made posts signed by you. You need to open your eyes. Dude, you don't think I have noticed? Yours just didn
29 Captoveur : HEY! I am the only person on this forum allowed to make fun of NASCAR. Damned little wannabe BWM driving punks.
30 Post contains images Delta767300ER : Damn dude, I was having some fun. The Nextel Cup Series Race from Chicagoland isnt until tomorrow. BTW, Do you think BMW would ever be interested in N
31 Gigneil : iDrive is in and of itself a reason to go with an E55 or RS6. Its evil, hard to use, and breaks often. Other than that, a fabulous car. N
32 Flight152 : Evil, hard to use? It is no harder to use then the computer you are using now.
33 Gigneil : It is no harder to use then the computer you are using now. A fact that would baffle over 75% of the population. There has never been a positive revie
34 Post contains images DfwRevolution : It is no harder to use then the computer you are using now. You don't opperate your computer at 60 MPH in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic, where al
35 Flight152 : You don't opperate your computer at 60 MPH in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic, where all it takes is one moron slamming on his breaks to create a 1
36 Captoveur : "Do you think BMW would ever be interested in Nascar" a while back a few of the Japanese car makers tried to get into NASCAR. NASCAR kept changing the
37 Gigneil : I would hope that the cars price would eliminate the morons that can't figure it out.. Those who can't figure it out include most popular review drive
38 Delta767300ER : I remember when they changed the rules. My take on it is that it needs to be open to any manufacture that builds cars. I'm not a Toyota fan so I would
39 MNeo : i home that poeple are familiar with the phrase "if u ask how much it costs chances are the you will not afford it" thats the case withe the M5 a grae
40 AWspicious : "I would hope that the cars price would eliminate the morons that can't figure it out." Oh god... If only that were true! Been to any kids sporting ev
41 777236ER : I would hope that the cars price would eliminate the morons that can't figure it out.. And the morons who pretend to own ones on Internet forums.
42 Greg : Hate iDrive all you want, but both the Audi A8 and the new line of S-Class (Vision?) saloons will have interfaces very similiar in the next year. The
43 Captoveur : Back on the NASCAR thing. If you pay attention to the rest of the world's racing in Europe they have a couple touring car series where BMW and most ot
44 Captaingomes : Oh c'mon, watching cars drive around in a circle is very entertaining! Also the fact that the cars in Nascar are completely different from their produ
45 Post contains images AA777 : My dad has an M5 (6 Speed) and an M3 SMG.... I can tell you that SMG is a really cool feature. It makes you feel like Mario Andretti... it is also rea
46 Fritzi : AA777, Mercedes is weak, BMW is for champs. Try driving a Mercedes before you criticize it. Mercedes is right up at the top of quality/perfomance scal
47 AA777 : I have, my uncle has an E55 AMG. It is a nice car, I wont lie, Its a very nice car, but it doesnt have the same soul that the M5 has (I have driven bo
48 LOT767-300ER : I like it...well the specifications. Racko, you know if I like a German car it has to be good. I just wish the Mr. Bangle wouldnt have altered it so m
49 Post contains images Theiler : Now that I've looked at those pictures a few times, and had some time to digest it, I can say that I really like that car. It definately has some clas
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